According to Hon. Alfred Bello who spoke to Newsmen, the position of National Chairman was zoned to the North not because of the Presidential ticket but based on the fact that a southerner in person of Chief Uche Secondus just left the position.
He maintained that if Iyoacha Ayu is magnanimous enough for the sake of the party progress agreed to step down so that both the Chairman and President will not come from the same North, urged that the understanding should not be overstretched because of it consequences.
The question now according to Hon. Bello, is if the Chairman is returned back to South and God forbids ATIKU losses the election, asked if the PDP would be returning back the position of chairman to North.
Secondly, Hon. Bello disclosed that if Ayu resigns, the party constitution says the Deputy North should take over said as its now the National Deputy Chairman is from the North. He stressed that any attempt to by-pass him to pick National Deputy Chairman South may lead to another round of litigation.
Hon. Bello therefore appealed to the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Abubakar ATIKU, the NWC and BOT to please intensify more efforts on the reconciliation, equally pleaded with Chief Nyesome Wike to consider unconditional reconciliation at this trying period of the party when everyone is expected to sacrifice for the party victory.
The Treasurer said the VP selection Committee goffed by voting in the first place. He said if Atiku asked for the committee to recommend 3 person, said they didn’t have the right to conclude on a person, said had it been that aspirants for consideration were up to 7 then the committee could have voted to reduce them to three but in this case they are to recommend 3 persons and the committee has 3 names before them wondered why the voting.
On the Arise TV program that featured the PDP candidate, said with due respect to our Presidential candidate, said ” it was wrong to say you have picked the person you can work with”. Invariably it means you can’t work with Wike and you want Wike to work for you.
Hon. Alfred Bello said If Ayu acknowledged Tambuwal as the hero of the convention ,the Nigerian masses looking up to PDP to rescue Nigeria will acknowledge Wike as the hero of the general election if his contribution leads the party to victory at the general election